Potentia Call for Papers

Deadline: June 1st, 2023

We are pleased to announce that Potentia, the graduate student journal of the University of Ottawa’s Centre for International Policy Studies (CIPS), is accepting submissions for our 2023 edition.  

This year’s journal will follow an open theme, allowing for the exploration of a wide array of topics related to international affairs. You are free to submit your paper on your choice of topic. Our editorial team is particularly interested in submissions on the following topics for this edition:  

  • The rise of the global alt-right and conservative movements
  • Global populism movements
  • Russia/Ukraine
  • Climate change governance
  • Conflict and climate change
  • The occupation of and withdrawal from Afghanistan
  • China (specifically, pieces which engage in dimensions of human rights and economic behavior)
  • Labour migration and citizenship

We are seeking submissions that critically engage contemporary issues in international affairs, with consideration particularly for pieces that make use of creatively adapted theoretical frameworks. Given the journal’s interdisciplinary nature, we are seeking submissions from a wide array of disciplines, including but not limited to international relations, political science, criminology, economics, history, law, sociology, business, global public policy, and gender studies.   

Submissions will be reviewed on originality, depth, and relevance.   

Both master’s and doctoral level students are encouraged to submit manuscripts in either French or English. Early submissions are encouraged. 

Guidelines for submissions

Three types of submissions will be accepted: 

  • Research articles (should not exceed 8,000 words in length, including in-text citations and the reference list),
  • Book reviews (800 to 1,000 words), and 
  • Policy briefs (should not exceed 1,500 words).

Submissions must include a 100 to 200-word abstract, 3 to 5 keywords, and a 100-word biography. Submissions can be made here.  

Citations must follow the APA style. The deadline for submissions is on June 1st, 2023, at 11:59PM EDT.  

For more information on Potentia, please contact our editors-in-chief, Devon Cantwell-Chavez, Liam Richardson, and Anna Soer at [email protected]


About Potentia

Potentia: Journal of International Affairs is a scholarly journal which focuses on showcasing the work of graduate students from across Canada and abroad. Managed by students from the University of Ottawa with support from the Centre for International Policy Studies (CIPS), Potentia provides a space for the rigorous academic analysis of contemporary international challenges and discussion of possible policy alternatives.


2022 Edition – Now Available 

Editors: Max Touchette, Maryam Mughal

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